Terrific definition

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Awesome; astounding.

Drove at a terrific rate of speed.

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Causing terror or great fear; terrifying.

A terrific wail.

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Unusually great in degree, intensity, severity, etc.

A terrific explosion.

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Very good or fine; splendid.

A terrific tennis player.

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Very bad or unpleasant; frightful.

A terrific headache.

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(archaic) Causing great fear or dismay; terrifying; dreadful; appalling.
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The definition of terrific is awesome, great or very good.

An example of something terrific is scoring 100% on every test.

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(informal) Unusually fine, admirable, enjoyable, etc.
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(colloquial) Frighteningly good.

I say! She's a terrific tennis player.

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(colloquial) Astounding or awesome.

The car came round the bend at a terrific speed.

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The lightning was followed by a terrific clap of thunder.

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I've got a terrific hangover this morning.

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(colloquial) Extraordinarily great or intense.

Terrific speed.

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Origin of terrific

  • Latin terrificus terrēre to frighten -ficus -fic

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin terrificus (“causing terror"), from terrere (“to frighten, terrify") + -ficus, from facere (“to make").

    From Wiktionary